Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Katrina Response: Who is to Blame, Fed or Locals?

A congressional report, “A Failure of Initiative,” on the Government’s response to Hurricane Katrina will be released Wednesday. Both CNN and Fox News had excerpts of the report. CNN ran their own article and Fox ran an AP story. CNN seems to point its finger mostly at the federal response while Fox spreads the blame. CNN talks in general about failures of “the government.” I believe this implies just the federal government since all specific examples cited by CNN are from the federal level. Here are the references to local governments in both articles and you can see that little is mentioned of local and state failures, compared with Fox:

CNN

Fox

… committee that investigated the response to Katrina at the local, state and federal levels.

It interviewed scores of federal, state and local authorities, …

Government at all levels took an indifferent stance toward disaster preparations …

Finding fault with the White House down to local officials …

… the report concludes that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin waited until too late to order a mandatory evacuation of the city.

"Despite years of recognition of the threat that was to materialize in Hurricane Katrina, no one — not the federal government, not the state government, and not the local government — seems to have planned for an evacuation

A lack of warning systems for levee failures delayed their fast repair and poor communications equipment prevented federal, state and local emergency responders …

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/13/katrina.congress/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184891,00.html

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